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Last reviewed on 28 February 2017
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Who should sit on a staff disciplinary panel? Governing bodies must establish their own staff disciplinary procedures and ensure they adhere to these. We cite advice from two governance experts and the union ASCL on who should sit on the staff disciplinary panel.

Staff disciplinary procedures: Governance Handbook 

Maintained schools

Section 6.5.8 of the Governance Handbook says:

The board of maintained schools must approve disciplinary and grievance procedures for staff.

It continues:

Maintained school boards must also approve capability procedures for dealing with staff underperformance and provide a procedure to enable staff to appeal against a decision to dismiss them.

There are no specific regulations setting out who may sit on a staff disciplinary panel in a maintained school.

Part 5 of The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, which apply to all maintained schools, sets out rules on the establishment of committees. However, regulation 21 explains that these rules on committees do not apply to:

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures

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